February 25, 2012; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans forward Draymond Green (23) and center Adreian Payne (5) celebrate in game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the second half at Jack Breslin Students Events Center. Michigan State won 62-34. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE
With seven straight wins and counting, the Michigan State Spartans project as a strong one-seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament according to both Joe Lunardi of ESPN and Chris Dobbertean of SB Nation.
The Spartans seven-game streak started with a 64-54 home win over the rival Michigan Wolverines and most recently included a 62-34 pounding of the Nebraska Cornhuskers in East Lansing. With just two regular season games remaining, Michigan State holds a two-game lead over both the Wolverines and Ohio St. Buckeyes in the Big Ten conference standings.
Lunardi has the Spartans as the top seed in the West region, while Dobbertean places them as the top seed in the Midwest.
Meanwhile, Lunardi and Dobbertean both project the Michigan Wolverines as a three-seed. Lunardi has them in the East matching up with the Akron Zips, while Dobbertean has them in the West going up against the Davidson Wildcats. The Wolverines are coming off a 75-61 loss to the Purdue Boilermakers, but they close their regular season slate with a pair of winnable road games against the Illinois Fighting Illini and Penn State Nittany Lions.
For more on the Michigan Wolverines, check out Maize n Brew. For more on the Michigan State Spartans, go to The Only Colors. You can also head over to SB Nation's main NCAA Basketball hub at SBNation.com/NCAA-Basketball.